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Director, TED Speakers Bureau

POSITION OVERVIEW

The director of the TED Speakers Bureau will build and manage a new in-house agency to broker paid speaking engagements and other creative/business opportunities that may arise from TED Talks. The goal of the bureau is to help spread speakers’ ideas in a way that is mutually beneficial and consistent with TED’s mission, always maintaining an equitable approach. The director will play a key role in TED’s commitment to supporting its speakers even after they step off the stage, and will also enable TED to share in the financial benefit from intellectual property that its staff have helped develop and market to the world. The TED Speakers Bureau will help TED directly reach new audiences and increase its global impact. 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

Reporting to the Senior Curator, the director of the TED Speakers Bureau will set up, launch and maintain a self-contained in-house agency to book TED speakers in non-TED venues, using templates and processes that reflect TED’s ethics, guidelines and approach, and clearly spell out the terms that are appropriate based on the scope of the request. The Speakers Bureau may also facilitate the development of speakers’ TED Talk ideas as projects in other media (books, films, podcasts, etc.). In consultation with TED’s Integrated Marketing team, the director will help determine pricing and other conditions for events featuring multiple TED speakers; and will discuss any conflicts of interest or negotiated terms with TED’s legal team. He/she/they will coordinate with TED’s Speaker Community Director to establish a talent pipeline, eligibility requirements, and other rules of engagement as needed.

 

QUALIFICATIONS / SKILLS

  • 15+ years of experience as a speaker agent
  • Adept at negotiating contracts and managing both talent and clients
  • Collaborative and open to working with TED legal on all aspects of contracts
  • Willingness to adapt standard industry processes to the TED approach (i.e., creative problem solving) 
  • General knowledge of and interest in well-spoken public figures and experts in a wide range of fields that mirror TED’s breadth of topics
  • Strong writing, editing and communication skills
  • Comfort with database software 
  • Curious, creative, collaborative, and personable
  • Willingness to take on other duties and special projects as may be assigned from time to time
  • Willingness to contribute however possible to ensure overall effectiveness of position

 

WORKPLACE CONDITIONS / PHYSICAL, MENTAL, VISUAL DEMANDS

  • General: Office environment
  • Physical: Repetitive movement of wrists, hands, and/or fingers
  • Mental/Visual: Concentrated mental and/or visual attention; work involves performing tasks to very close accuracy and quality specifications
  • Machines, Tools, Equipment, Electronic Devices, Computer Software, etc.: Ability to use common office equipment such as telephone, computer and copier
  • Computer programs to include MS Office, Mac programs, Google Docs, functional related databases
  • Travel: Upon request / as needed
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